Do you use anti bacterial products?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
February 22, 2009 10:32am CST
I do use anti bacterial soap and even hand sanitizer on occasion but I was reading that by using these products in some ways we hurt ourselves. I read that because of using anti bacterial products that it cause our immune systems to be weaker against everyday germs and that when we are exposed it can make us sicker. I also read that these products help in the evolution of what they refer to as "super germs" that are stronger and more resistant to treatment. So what about you? Do you use these products too? Have you ever heard they could do you harm in this way?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Yep, heard that, don't use them if I can, the only one that doesn't do it is the natural product - Tea Tree oil.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Tea tree oil? Hmm..do you use it? Where do you get it at?
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
22 Feb 09
thanks mariposaman, now I don't have to look it up
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Wow..this Tea Tree Oil sounds like an awesome alternative.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I don't use them. I know all about the super germs. Since I used to get bronchitis on a regular basis, I had to take progressively stronger antibiotics. Those stronger ones are almost worse than the disease. The headaches, nausea, and other horrid reactions are terrible. Our neighbor lady cleans constantly. She's almost rabid about having everything clean, clean, clean. I'm almost the opposite. She has to deal with allergies to almost everything around her. I finally got over my bronchitis bouts and am not allergic to anything else. So it seems to point out that dirt is good for you. Or that she has to clean because of the allergies. Note: I never heard she was allergic to anything while in her mother's house. They lived on a farm, so she ate the usual farm produce. Including fresh cow milk. So I don't know what the answer is. Being as I hate cleaning, I think I'll stay with how I'm doing it!
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
24 Feb 09
That comment reminds me of my nephews. Those little buggers constantly went out in below zero weather in bare feet!! I thought it was awful of their mother to allow that, until I had to babysit a couple times. It didn't matter how tight I tied those shoes, those snots had them off in seconds after getting outside. They could outrun me too... My daughter ALWAYS had boots or shoes on. All of them are adults now. Her kids are disgustingly healthy, and mine gets colds all the time. I don't get it!! I can understand about the supergerms, but this? Going out without shoes in winter can't be good for you!! It just can't!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
7 Mar 09
LOL! I know. It's strange how that works.
@balasri (26553)
• India
24 Feb 09
I never use these products on day to day life.I usually never take medicines or antibiotics without the doctor's prescription.I just have the habit of washing my hands before taking food and I have taught that to my daughter too.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Good for balasri! I hate taking medicine anyway and like you I hardly take any at all unless I have to. Good habit you've taught your daughter too. Thanks for the response.
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@balasri (26553)
• India
25 Feb 09
Thanks.I always like to propagate good things. "Spread a smile"
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I use antibacteiral soap and I use Purell hand sanitizer. I have heard to use Purell as some of the other hand sanitizers will start to not work as good or something. I work in a child care setting and we sanitize the toys all day long with sanitizing wipes and we also have a container or Purell on the wall.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I can see why you use so much of this product to prevent the spread of illness within the nursery. Kids exchange alot of sicknesses between them and it is important to try and prevent it. Thanks for responding.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
25 Feb 09
They, whoever they are, say a lot of different things. They say to wash our hands with anti bacterial soap and yet they say that it is no good for us because the ingredients in it are no good for us. They say they get absorbed in our skin and that is not good for our health. So who do we believe these days? I think as long as we do whatever it is we are doing, in moderation, than it is okay to do it. I think it is when we go overboard continuously over our life time, that we are harmed. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Hi chrislotz! I do agree that moderation is the key. It's hard when you have two sides saying two different things to actually know what is good for us. I do use some products but no where near as many as some. Thanks for the response and take care.
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@Kgupta (17)
• India
24 Feb 09
Yes. I've read that these anti-bacterial soap, sanitizer and other products can harm our skin. I feel they are very harsh and do more damage than good. Let us use the regular conventional methods than resort to these. Keep them only for emergencies and decrease your dependency on them.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Thank you for your good advice. Some people have made it a part of everyday life and would have a hard time getting used to beiong without them. Thanks again and take care.
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• India
24 Feb 09
yes obviously my soap is a antibacterial one and i dont use any specific antibacterial products since i dont have any anti bacterial infections
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Hi prasanna! They are used mostly for prevention and not because you have them. I do use them more if someone in the house catches a cold though. Thanks for the response.
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@dpk262006 (56482)
• Delhi, India
24 Feb 09
I normally do not use anti bacterial soap. I am nor aware about the fact that using such products can harm our skin. I feel it could be true to some extent, as we take antibiotics, new bacteria of different proportions start developing to resist the normal antibiotics, then we go for higher value antibiotics, same may be the case here.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Hi dpk! Hope you are well. It is the same concept as the antibiotics. Thanks for the response and thanks for the roses
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• United States
22 Feb 09
I use antibacterial soap but I don't use it too much. I try not too be too "clean" because, as you said, it can weaken the immune system.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thank you for responding. I have read it can weaken your defenses to germs. Take care.
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@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
22 Feb 09
I am using Pond's antibacterial facial wash on my face. I have never heard of it making our immune system weak but i will take note of that. I guess it makes sense. The more germs are moderated, i guess they adapt to it and find their way in. I don't know. I feel like we don't have a choice. Using antibacterial products is also healthy living. I guess we should just leave it to the experts to sort it out because for now, we just can't be complacent.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Hi modstar! I use some products too. It can be healty living to use antibacterial products..especially if your in close contact with things that are for public use. I agree with leaving it to the experts. Thanks for responding!
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I just had a baby. And I have hand sanitizer at the ready. Late night feedings and such it is just easier to have on hand. Soap and water work the rest of the time. I haven't heard about it being harmful.
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@jeseravi (338)
22 Feb 09
A lot of sanitizers work well, and I see them in hallway dispensers in hospitals, schools, day care centers and even atop the gangways of cruise ships. However, it really doesn't help stop the spread of stomach disease so it's kind of pointless from my point of view. Also, using the sanitizers kill our 'good' bacteria that are supposed to actually help our bodies. From a doctor's advice, I'd tell you to not use them and to instead just wash your hands with soap :)
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thank you for your input about this subject. It has almost become a way of living that we use these products and some people don't realize that if they use them to much it can do more harm than good.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I have used antibacterial soap and hand sanitizer before. I don't use either of them on a regular basis though. I have also heard that being too clean is not good for us either. We need to get exposed to some germs so that out immune systems can fight off some germs.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Thanks for the response lilybug! I like to be clean but at the same time I want to be able to fight off illness. I do agree a normal amount of exposure is better for us.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I only use these in a limited way. We handle large animals and so we use them when we have done that, it's just to easy to transfer some really bad bugs. But most of the time we just use soap and water to wash in.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Feb 09
Hi savypat! I can understand that. When handleing animals there is always the chance of those reaaly bad bugs that are not safe for you or your animals. Thanks for the response. I think limited is good.
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@greyz7 (860)
• Philippines
16 May 10
use of prodcts that have chemicals would really ahrm us. natural agents are always best. although i also use soaps but the chemicals are too strong that sometimes it hurst our skin and even our body. a natural antibacterial agent i know is garlic
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 May 10
That is very interesting. I have heard that garlic has a lot of beneficial uses. How would one use garlic as an antibacterial agent?
@prasanta (1947)
• India
28 Feb 09
Yes, I use special powders to kill prickly hit during peak summer. But that is a for 1 month in a year. It's true that regular use of such products is not good. So, in other months, I do not use such powders.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Thanks for the response. It's good you don't use these things to often.
@underdogtoo (9599)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
I do not use any antibacterial products. I just use soap to wash my hands. Cheers!!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Thanks underdogtoo..I try not to use many products either.
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@Hvaniday1 (550)
• Malaysia
23 Feb 09
Not really, I don't used such product, I think it is very troublesome with all those stuff. About those article written for that particular product's I have not read either. I think there are pros and cons, it is not that bad.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Hi havaniday! Any luck on getting your account reinstated? I think there are pros and cons to everything. Thanks for responding.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
23 Feb 09
we did once we had grandkids, and just kept them
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Thanks for the response syankee. I use a few products myself sometimes. Take care.
• Philippines
23 Feb 09
I do have hand sanitizers but i do use them every other day if not, maybe twice a week only since i am at home so i don't need to put hand sanitizer a lot. My hubby do seldom buy anti bacterial soap, sometimes we use it. I think you are right about getting immune when we use this products regularly. That is why we should be using this product every once or twice a week or every other day like what me and hubby use to do. The other products we use were mostly cleaning products that has anti bacterial properties like dish washing liquid soap. This one, we use everyday when we wash plates, but i don't mind to use it since i am dealing with plates. And it has to be squeaky clean.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Feb 09
Thanks for the response. It's good to use a few things once in a while. Dishes certainly need to be clean..I like them squeaky too.lol